JSU Alumni to be Honored at the White House “Champions of Change”

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[ February 23rd, 2015 – Dallas, TX]

On February 24th, the White House will recognize faculty and staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as “Champions of Change” who are finding success promoting college completion and success. These leaders have worked with students, families, and policymakers to build pathways to graduation at their respective institutions. The event will feature a panel discussion moderated by actor and E News Co-Host, Terrence Jenkins, remarks from Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website.

 Dr. Tommie Stewart

Among the 11 honorees is  Jackson State University Alumnae, Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, Ph.D., Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi and is a child of the civil rights movement. She is a professional actress; motivational speaker, theatre director, national museum exhibit director, tenured professor, and Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University.  Dean Stewart is a graduate of Jackson State University (B.S.).

“I’m pleased and I’m humbled because, you know, when you’re just working and giving your all, you never think about anyone noticing or wanting to say congratulations or job well done,” said Stewart

She is a New York World Festival Gold Medal Award winner for the narration of Public Radio International’s series “Remembering Slavery.”  She holds four honorary doctorates degrees and is a life member of the NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

The event will be live streamed on the White House website. To view the live event, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live onFebruary 24, at 10 a.m.
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions. Follow the conversation at #HBCUchamps.
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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.